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Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers

Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers

Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:55pm by iClarified
A new report from Joseph Brown says that Apple is intentionally throttling the data speeds of its iPhones and iPads for carriers.

Brown is the developer behind the Hacked Carrier Updates for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Delving into the carrier settings that Apple provides for each individual carrier, Brown found that for AT&T Apple has limited the iPhone 5 to Category 10 (14.4Mbps) HSDPA, even though the network is capable of Category 14 (21.1Mbps) HSDPA+ and the iPhone 5 supports up to category 24 (42.2Mbps) DC-HSDPA+. In addition, the network settings file also defines throttling parameters.
Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers

Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers

There is no arguing or disputing that this is clear evidence you are purposely, 24/7, being throttled, even if you haven't used more data than your authorized to use or that you've purchased with your hard earned money.

In his report, Brown also details similar throttling parameters that can be found in the carrier settings file for Verizon and Sprint. According to his findings, only T-Mobile doesn't specify throttling settings.

- AT&T limits HSPA+ and permanently throttles LTE (unless hack is applied)
- Verizon permanently throttles LTE (unless hack is applied)
- Verizon and Sprint throttle down 3G (unless hack is applied)
- Apple has band preferences set for T-Mobile and AT&T causing signal issues (very much fixable by Apple and the carrier and is currently being looked into, from I've been told)

Ideally, Apple would lift these restrictions but for now users can install one of the hacked carrier updates which depending on your area may offer significant speed improvements.

When we asked Brown if he was sure the throttled network settings weren't only there for users who'd exceeded their limits, he said, "I'm very positive. I've heard of "network controls" or "soft throttles" being put into place on devices before." Of course, these throttles aren't like the debilitating ones that users may experience when going over their data usage limit; rather, they are designed to "even out" the network.

"The iPhone 5 I tested the other day was brand new. No LTE data used, so it wasn't being throttled," Brown told iClarified. "The 1st test was 13mbps down and 9mbps up. The 2nd was 17mbps (almost 18) down and 11mbps up." He notes that the test "was conducted around the same time frame and in the exact same spot of the house."

Let us know in the comments if you experienced a disparity between your network speeds on an Apple device versus another brand of smartphone. Or, if you've installed a hacked carrier update, did you notice an improvement?

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Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers

Apple is Allegedly Throttling the Data Speeds of iPhones and iPads for Carriers
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Brian P. Rabbit
Brian P. Rabbit - June 6, 2013 at 4:35pm
What a load of hooey. Mr. Brown being "very positive" is not the same as providing evidence "the throttled network settings weren't only there for users who'd exceeded their limits" nor does Mr. Brown demonstrate any such restrictions have been but in by Apple or done so willingly.
James - June 6, 2013 at 11:31am
I have an iPhone 5 running on AT&T with no "carrier hacks" installed. Yesterday, I achieved downlink speeds of over 50 Mbps on five successive speedtest.net tests with the highest being 62 Mbps. So, no Apple is not throttling speeds for the carriers.
mobmaniunlock - June 6, 2013 at 11:42am
need to unlock it
DarkKent - June 6, 2013 at 4:17pm
Word. my at&t in the bx be blazing with no hack. very rarely i drop below 20mb down. A lot of times im floating between 35/50 mb down. Faster than most peoples wifi. Lol. I tried the hack. I think it messed up my messages. But that is evident ^^^ enough for me to try again...
Brian P. Rabbit
Brian P. Rabbit - June 6, 2013 at 4:36pm
I just tried the same test with an iPhone 4S and got similar results.
Anonymous - June 6, 2013 at 7:09am
This would explain why s3 is so much faster then my iPhone 5. In areas where my iPhone struggles the s3 just consumes the data in its stride.
Jon - June 6, 2013 at 6:09am
My download speeds were between 3 and 9 mbps before the hack, I now get 16mps On ATT, iPhone 5, with LTE reception
I seen this too
I seen this too - June 6, 2013 at 1:09am
Why is it if ur on a 4g connection on iPhone 5 and Internet is dead slow that u restart the phone it comes back as lte and have lte speed for a little while in the same spot.
Sam - June 6, 2013 at 12:13am
There are multiple settings in the carrier file. Perhaps you should read more carefully. The HSDPA Category setting applies to the HSDPA network. The Service Req Throttle boolean and Throttling Parameters applies to LTE.
Alex - June 6, 2013 at 1:21am
So that LTE setting is why iPhone users are getting 60mbps speedtests, exactly in line with Android phones? This whole thing is ridiculous propaganda by someone who not only has no clue what they're talking about, but is hell bent on trashing AT&T, who currently has the best data network in the country, just by making **** up.
anonymous - June 5, 2013 at 10:27pm
i have trouble believing this article as my iphone 5 on at&t gets 31mbps download with no hacks...
Robert Hancock
Robert Hancock - June 5, 2013 at 10:20pm
I'd like Apple to exert some "influence" on Japan's SoftBank and force them to unlock out-of-contract iPhones. At the moment, no iPhone model in Japan from either SoftBank or KDDI (au) can be IMEI unlocked even after we have paid off the contract. (The advertised IMEI unlocking services are scams.) Since SoftBank just bought Sprint in the US, Sprint users might soon be affected by SB's draconian locking policy too.
carp - June 5, 2013 at 10:03pm
Lets take a closer look at tmobile iphone carrier bundles because apparently they don't throttle on their unlimited plan so the carrier file should not have any hints of throttling preferences.
Azay - June 5, 2013 at 8:01pm
Thats is so ture. Apple is making us pay to carrier services not a good customer service to give apple fanatics.
Why - June 5, 2013 at 7:46pm
Apple has nothing to do with this , it's the carriers , think about it , the more high speed devices on there network the more there going to have to update so cheapest way around this is limited the speed
Sam - June 5, 2013 at 7:51pm
I think the issue is that Apple is implementing it. ie. These restrictions are being set on the iPhone by carrier updates provided by Apple. Obviously, it's the carriers that want it but why is Apple doing it for them?
Za - June 5, 2013 at 8:15pm
Apple is not implementing this. Apple is being handed the carrier's config to install on an AT&T handset. Work for a manufacturer, and you'd know this. I work for a supplier to the carriers. And, on my iPhone5 w LTE, I get 42meg down, 20-something up.
James - June 5, 2013 at 7:28pm
I dont know, I've gotten 48mbps down / 17mbps up near my house on my i5 on at&t without the hacked carrier file. i do know that i was less than 200ft away from the cell tower. not sure if that has anything to do with it.
justabrake - June 5, 2013 at 6:45pm
Is this why when I put a SGS2 into service on my AT&T account the speeds tripled !
Za - June 5, 2013 at 6:43pm
You blame this on Apple and Tim Cook? Have you ever worked for a manufacturer? The carriers hand the config they want deployed to the manufacturer. It gets tested, and then released. And the carriers have NDA's in place to prevent Apple from talking about it. Apple will make recommendations based on the hardware capabilities, but that doesn't mean the carriers have to listen. Why do you think the carriers have tweaked the limits on bandwidth? They don't have the money to upgrade their entire network all at once.
Sam - June 5, 2013 at 7:19pm
Everyone knows that Apple has the power when it comes to negotiations with carriers. This stuff surely was agreed to as part of those negotiations.
Dyllon - June 5, 2013 at 6:28pm
Wow, Apple's been getting caught in a lot of shit over the past couple of weeks. I kinda really feel bad for Tim Cook... Because you know damn well jobs set this all up along time ago and either got it past everyone or told every1 Not to say anything, and just passed his Crooked business practices On to cook...
SirSabatoge - June 5, 2013 at 6:10pm
I wouldn't doubt it
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